PDF Browser Plugin

I am not sure when it happened but I suddenly realized that the entire world seems to have standardized on PDF files as the de-facto standard for delivering documents electronically. It seems like every time I turn around I am receiving another PDF file through email or as a link to a web site.

It first started out as a simple file but recently I have noticed that the PDF files are getting much more advanced and complex. Rather than just flipping through page by page the files I am now receiving have table of contents, password protection, and other features.

The progression of these files is fairly natural but unfortunately most of today’s browsers have a limited amount of functionality built into them for viewing these files. It was therefore just a matter of time before someone invented a better PDF browser plug-in to support the advanced features.

The developers at Schubert IT have come up with a solution for Safari on Macintosh OS X. It is aptly named PDF Browser Plugin.

The PDF Browser Plugin gives you a more robust experience when viewing PDF Files. Not only will it show each individual page, it will also give you access to advanced features such as table of contents with hot linking, filling out forms within a PDF document, and several display modes to assist the reader with content presentation.

The PDF Browser Plugin currently only works with 32-bit mode Safari and at the time of writing this post no announcement had been made as to when a 64-bit version would be available.

For non-commercial use the plugin is free making it very cost effective for Mac users. If you wish to purchase a site license for PDF Browser Plugin for commercial purposes they are available for $69.

Overall the plugin works flawlessly allowing me to continue to use the browser when viewing PDF files without losing functionality. It is also much faster and appears to take up less memory that the Adobe client.

For the price it is hard to beat and fills a need very well. If you need something beyond the core functionality that is built into Safari take a look at PDF Browser Plugin and see if it works for you. You can’t beat the price.


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